August 22, 2014

Does Your Dryer Eat Socks?

Dryer ate socksThis time of year, none of us in Southwest Florida should care at all about socks. I mean, truly, it’s 742 degrees outside with 900 percent humidity. No one is wearing socks. That is, except for me, your faithful Home-Tech Blogger, who has been down for the count with major knee surgery.

As a result of being housebound, shuffling around on crutches, and unable to reach past my cumbersome leg brace to put on shoes (flip-flops and crutches don’t mix, trust me on that), I was forced to search through my meager sock collection for temporary footwear – and when I say meager, I mean practically nonexistent. (I’ve lived in Florida since childhood and socks just haven’t been a priority).

Nevertheless, as I rummaged through my sock drawer, I was able to find a total of 17 socks. Not 17 PAIRS of socks, mind you — just 17 socks. Among them, there were just four pair. Now, I’m no math whiz, but that leaves 11 lonely, single, unmatched, very sad socks.

At first, I thought pain medication was playing a factor in my inability to match socks, but no matter how I tried to justify it, a pink argyle sock and a turquoise footie just do not go together — whether you’re on pharmaceuticals or not. And then it dawned on me one evening while my husband and I were bingeing on “House of Cards”.

The Case of the Hungry Dryer

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Officer, I need to report a missing person!

“The dryer ate them!” I said suddenly.

“The dryer ate what, honey?” asked my husband/nurse with the patience of a thousand saints.

My socks! The dryer must have eaten my socks.”

My husband sighed, “Sweetie, the dryer doesn’t eat things. The dryer doesn’t have a mouth – or teeth.”

I argued (and I think this was the pain medication talking),”Yes, it does. The dryer is one giant mouth and it eat socks.”

My husband rolled his eyes and then asked the proverbial question we’ve all been asking ourselves since we learned to unload a dryer and fold laundry, “Then honey, if the dryer eats socks, where do they go?”

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Employee Owner, Roger

The Sherlock Holmes of Repair at Home-Tech

Maybe because I’m in recovery I have too much time on my hands, but I was bound and determined to get to the bottom of exactly where socks go after the dryer has eaten them. So, I spoke to the all-knowing top repair man, Roger, at Home-Tech in Fort Myers. At first, he feigned ignorance, “Socks? Lost in dryers? That’s crazy – I’ve never heard of that,” he said with an unmistakable glint in his eye.

I told him I had proof – eleven lonely, pathetic socks, without partners to walk through life with. So, he confessed and shared the ancient secret of disappearing socks with me – and I, in turn, am sharing it with you.

Finally, The Truth About Your Dryer

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Stephanie Davis, Home-Tech Blogger

It could be a minor (and common) occurrence – instead of the sock clinging to the side of the dryer tumbler, try feeling around the front of the inside – your stray may be hanging out there. Also, if you feel around the inside of the front, there’s a round felt and/or rubber seal. Wear and tear, plus age, can break down the seal and socks can get stuck there, just tumbling round, dizzily for years, cycle after cycle – a sort of purgatory for socks. And yes, sometimes they fall through a crack in the seal and end up in the innards (I like to call it the stomach) of the dryer. Thankfully, if your dryer starts digesting socks or other small bits of laundry and needs repairing, a Service Agreement from Home-Tech will cover it – and uncover your missing socks so they can be reunited with their life-partners.

Meanwhile, I can only grieve for my socks that have gone missing in action, as I hope to start a clever new trend of wearing one Christmas sock and one Hello Kitty sock. I could be onto something here, unless of course, this is the pain meds talking again…

Air Conditioning and Appliance Repairs Done Well by Joe from Home-Tech

appliance repairsAppliance repairs and air conditioning repairs are dreaded by most people, but not by Home-Tech customers.  They know they are going to get a quality technician like Joe showing up and doing the job right.  Also if they are GOLD Service Agreement customers that service call and repair (parts and labor) on covered items is going to end up being NO CHARGE. You can’t beat that.  Attaboy, Joe.

Nice, Personable Tech

Joe just left and before I forget to do this–he was a very nice,  personable tech.  I have found all Home Tech employees to be easy to talk to and very considerate.   Kudos to Joe and to Home Tech.
P. Simones, Fort Myers

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Re: Tech Name—Joe

Joe is friendly, customer focused and quite technically competent. He is a asset to your organization.

G. Iwaskow

Neat, Considerate and Polite

On July 8, 2014 we had service on our Whirlpool washer performed by Shawn and Joe at our residence in Catalina Isles. We commend Home-Tech for hiring such quality individuals. The overall experience with them was excellent. They were on time, neat, considerate, polite, unobtrusive, and knowledgeable. Basically, everything good one could hope for. As work-at-home husband and wife, we were able to continue working seamlessly throughout the service period. We recently transferred our AC service to Home-Tech in addition to our in-home appliance coverage and recommend others to do the same.
E. Iannarella, Ft Myers

Excellent Ambassador for Home-Tech

Hi, we just had our air conditioner serviced by Joe.  He was very efficient, polite, and helpful.  He is an excellent ambassador for your company.

Best regards,
R. Loprete

Home-Tech and Habitat for Humanity: A Community Partnership

Home-Tech habitat for humanityOne of our philosophies here at Home-Tech, is that when you’re living and working in a community, it’s important to give back to that community.

Building from the Heart

We’re proud to partner with a variety of local nonprofits to do our part in making Southwest Florida a better place to live. And while we take the responsibility seriously, we also enjoy the fun and the rewards that come with giving. Recently, Home-Tech got the opportunity to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home for a local resident in need, so we grabbed our tools and hard hats and went to work. The build took about three months and our Home-Tech crew dedicated two weekends of hands-on work – all from the heart.

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Habitat for Humanity of Lee & Hendry follows the vision of  “a world where everyone has a decent place to live” – and that vision is made possible one home at a time – and that’s something Home-Tech is excited to be a part of. Our President and CEO Steve Marino and our CFO Sonya Sawyer were right in the thick of the action, “It was a great experience for me,” she said. “It really brought me out of my comfort zone – out of the office environment and into the hot sun, working with power tools.”

“Believe me,” she says with a smile, “I have a new appreciation for construction workers!”

This isn’t the first time Home-Tech has donated a house for Habitat for Humanity – in fact, this makes our 17th and counting. Says Sawyer, “Habitat is a fantastic charity because it provides home ownership to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity, due to unforeseen circumstances. We’ve really made a difference in the community and it’s a great feeling.”

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Mind you, it’s not just Home-Tech, our volunteer work force, and the folks at Habitat for Humanity that help make the dream come true – it’s the future homeowner as well. Local single mom, Clendy Young, helped build her new house for herself and her one-year old son, located in Lehigh Acres, by doing “sweat equity” of at least 300 hours. Before Habitat and Home-Tech stepped in, Young and her son had been sharing a cramped residence with seven other folks. The new house will give the Young family space, freedom, and security.

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Last month, Sawyer and Home-Tech President Steve Marino were thrilled to present Young with the house keys to her new home – and we’re already looking forward to the next home to build.

Happy home ownership, Clendy Young! Another fun and fulfilling mission accomplished by Home-Tech.

Bonita Springs Air Conditioner Service Reviews

Bonita Springs air conditionerHome-Tech has been providing Bonita Springs air conditioner service for over 33 years.  And that’s not all . . . customers are loving it!  Read some Bonita Springs customer reviews below about Dan and his great service and attitude.  Way to go, Dan. Attaboy!

Great Job, Done Professionally

Dust had been accumulating in the condo for some time and last week, I noticed a frame on the thermostat which indicated  the filter was not working. It is for health reasons I have this special a/c, which you  all advised me to purchase and install 3 years ago.

Your serviceman Dan #083 appeared before the day was out and the filter was replaced the next day and working great. He gets kudos from me; great job done on my air conditioner, professionally, courteously and he was very caring.

Thanks again Dan for the excellent job.

P. Smith, Bonita Springs FL

Outstanding Job

Your technician DAN serviced my home Air Conditioner today.  He did an outstanding job.  He was polite at all times and explained each part of his service. He is a credit to your company.

D. Barton
Bonita Springs

Customer Oriented

Dan did an excellent job servicing our air conditioner.  He is a very friendly and customer orientated technician.

Attaboy, Dan.

J Lukert

Save Your Parents from Appliance Repairs

appliance repair for parentsWe’re celebrating Parents’ Day here at Home-Tech and while Mom probably loves flowers and Dad might like a gift certificate to Outback, flowers don’t last and meals are soon forgotten after the last bite. If you really want to take care of Mom and Dad and give them the gift that keeps giving, how about removing the stress, hassle, and worry from their lives?

Appliance Repairs Are A Dragappliance repair

When an appliance breaks down it’s not only costly, it’s a time-waster to sit around waiting on an appliance repair person to show up. If it’s the dishwasher, Mom’s going to be stuck at the kitchen sink scrubbing pots and pans – if it’s the dryer, you know Dad’s going to get out the toolbox and try to repair it himself, which isn’t going to work and makes for even more headaches. So, take care of our parents with a Service Agreement and give them the invaluable gift . . . peace of mind.

The Gifts of Gold and Silver

Home-Tech has been providing fast, emergency service for 33 years – and we serve in five Southwest Florida counties. There’s two great plans to choose from – Gold and Silver. Our Gold Service Agreement means one of each of all major appliances are covered with repair service through the year, plus all service calls are unlimited and free – even on weekends and holidays. Our Silver Service Agreement features many of the same advantages, such as an annual air-conditioning clean and check, plus complete parts and labor coverage, and you pay only a minimal service call fee. So, if you’re a parent, tell your kids what gift you really want – gold or silver.

Or just forward them this blog post – they’ll get the hint.


Bonita Springs Air Conditioning Service Review

attaboy_sealblueBonita Springs residents have been enjoying service from Home-Tech’s air conditioning technicians for over 33 years. Whether they have needed an air conditioning repair or ac maintenance or a clean and check, we have been there for them.  The reviews pour in every day.  Here are a few for Matthew.  Attaboy, Matthew for being a Bonita Springs air conditioning service star!  If you would like to give us a review please check out our Google+ page.  We really appreciate the feedback!

5 out of 5 Stars

Matthew serviced my AC/Heating system.  It was a pleasure to have him here.  He not only provided service but gave me a couple of tips for setting them when I am out of town and suggested filters that I could use instead of the reusable one he provided.  I would give him a 5 out of 5 stars.
A. Camaiani, Bonita Springs

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We had the pleasure of meeting Matt and his associate this morning as they did the service on our air conditioning system.  The were very polite, professional and personable.  The service was done quietly, quickly and I am confident in their work. Everyone from Home Tech who has ever come to our home for service was polite and professional.  I would recommend Home Tech to any one who is looking for reliable and honest repair work.
T. Tunney


Kudos to Matthew who inspected and cleaned our air conditioning system this morning.  We have had this work done by Home-Tech in the past, but never more thoroughly than today’s effort by Matthew.  He is not only competent and thorough, but professional and very capable of establishing rapport with the customer.  I hope that he is with Home-Tech for a long time.

Thank you!

S. Scheff,  Bonita Springs

Friendly and Great Personality

We had Matthew  here for a repair on our air conditioner.  He was very friendly with a great personality.  He performed his tasks efficiently and our air is now working perfectly.  Thank you for the great service call.
N. Kowalczyk
Fort Myers, Fl 33908

Home-Tech Wants to See You in a Hammock

hammockdayThis summer, Home-Tech has been celebrating the good things in life that make these long, hot days not just bearable – but, downright enjoyable. Whether it’s iced tea, homemade ice cream, the comfy cool of air conditioning, or the Fourth of July, we’ve been applauding it. So, how fabulous is it that this week, we get to observe National Hammock Day?

Heavenly Hammocks

Of course, there’s plenty of expensive, fancy, designer outdoor furniture to choose from – and there are lots of folks that spend more on their outdoor living area than their indoor one – and that’s just fine. But, it’s hard to think of a more relaxing way to spend an afternoon than lying in a good old-fashioned hammock in the shade. Mind you, actually getting into a hammock can be a struggle and unless you’ve perfected the art, it’s not exactly graceful. Sitting in the middle and then swinging your legs in tends to be an issue of balance and not all of us have that. Running and jumping in is never a wise idea — unless, perhaps, you’re under the age of 10 or you’re wearing a helmet and knee pads. In the end, practice makes perfect and mastering the art of relaxing doesn’t sound like a bad way to pass the time. Finally, once you get into your comfy hammock and you’re blissfully swaying in a gentle breeze with a good book, the LAST thing you want on your mind is a broken appliance or worse in the heat, a broken air conditioner. That’s why we recommend a Service Agreement with Home-Tech.

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A Service Agreement is all about your peace of mind, as we’d much rather see you napping in a hammock than fretting about a refrigerator on the fritz or an air conditioner not doing its job. Our Gold Service Agreement means one of each of all major appliances and your air conditioning system are covered through the year, plus all service calls are unlimited and free – even on weekends and holidays. Our Silver Service Agreement features many of the same advantages, such as an annual air-conditioning clean and check, plus complete parts and labor coverage, and you pay only a minimal service call fee.

AC Repair Home-TechSo, get to practicing your hammock grace and agility so you can chill out and let Home-Tech handle any appliance or air conditioning surprises – when it comes to those, we’ve got you covered.

Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers Perfect for Your Ice Cream

icecreamdayAh, the energy and impatience of youth — those were the two main ingredients that went into making homemade ice cream back in the day. And since National Ice Cream Day fell on the calendar this past Sunday (we here it Home-Tech actually prefer to celebrate the holiday all month long — oh, never mind, let’s be honest — all YEAR long), let’s look back on the days of homemade ice cream and let’s look into the perfect storage for your ice cream – refrigerators with bottom freezers.

Grandma’s Ice Cream Was The Best

Sure, you could buy ice cream at the store, but there was nothing like the rich, smooth, sweet, fresh taste of homemade — and usually, it was Grandma’s recipe, which meant eggs, sugar, vanilla, fresh cream, and the best, most important ingredient of all — Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. If you were lucky, your Grandma let you lick the inside top of the can (so good!). Next came the hard part, which meant dealing with with the ice, the rock salt, and that incredibly heavy wooden and cast iron contraption known as an Ice Cream Maker. And that’s when the adults kicked back with a cold glass of sweet tea and put the kids to work cranking.

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For folks 40-ish and older, childhood just wasn’t childhood unless you did your time cranking the ice cream maker — and you had to keep cranking, fast and constantly, to churn the ingredients. If you got lazy and stopped, you’d just end up with really thick cream instead of the fluffy, delicious, and most importantly, cold, ice cream you craved on a hot July day.

bottom freezerFreezing Your Sweet Creation

While things seemed better way back then, let’s remember that everything was also smaller, including freezers, so there wasn’t much room to fit ice, frozen meat, other staples, plus a carton of homemade ice cream — so you had to either eat it quick, or your Grandma had to do some creative freezer puzzle work. Something that HAS gotten better since childhood is freezers — and Home-Tech carries a variety that not only will fit your budget, but all the ice cream you want — homemade or store bought. One of the most popular models these days is the bottom drawer freezer and Home-Tech boasts proven, quality brands from manufacturers like Bosch, KitchenAid, Maytag, and more — and plenty of these Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers feature money-savings rebates. Just stop into one of our sparkling showrooms in Bradenton or Fort Myers.

Here’s the Recipe

And now that you’re in the mood for ice cream, check out this super easy recipe (no ice cream maker required — you already did your time at the crank):

1/2 cup of cold milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 pint of heavy cream

In a medium bowl, stir together cold milk, vanilla, condensed milk, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold milk mixture into whipped cream.

Pour into shallow 2 quart dish, cover and freeze for 4 hours, stirring once after 2 hours or when edges start to harden. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Yields 12 tasty servings.


Apex Award Winner – Sonya Sawyer, CFO of Home-Tech

Sonya SawyerHome-Tech, a leading appliance and service company serving Southwest Florida since 1981, is pleased to announce that C.F.O., Sonya Sawyer has received the 2014 Apex Award. The award celebrates women in Lee County who make a difference and for the first time in the awards’ nine year history, there was a tie. Sawyer shares the honors with Kathryn Kelly, the President and CEO of the Heights Foundation.

13 Nominees – 2 Winners!Apex Award 2

There were 13 nominees this year, which included a variety of business and community leaders. The announcement was made on July 9th at the Crown Plaza Hotel at the Greater Fort Myers Women in Business meeting as they saluted Lee County residents who excel in professional achievement, community service/philanthropy, mentoring and leadership. Several family members, as well as Home-Tech co-workers were there to cheer Sawyer on.

Sawyer and Kelly will be the guests of honor at a black-tie dinner on Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa.

Sonya at Work

Sawyer graduated summa cum laude from Stetson University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in Accountancy. After earning the designation Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she worked for several years in the public accounting sector as an auditor. She then assumed the role of chief financial officer of Home-Tech of Fort Myers, an in-home service and sales company with 135 employees and three offices spanning Southwest Florida from Manatee to Collier counties.

Having achieved personal and professional success, Sonya is now mentoring several women within Home-Tech. She believes that acting as a role model for other women is a critical part of her life. She guides Home-Tech’s future leaders by exposing them to the cultures of giving back to the community and advocacy.

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Within the community Sonya is actively involved in charitable organizations, particularly those that assist women and children in need. She serves on the Board of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples; PACE Center for Girls of Lee County; and Chairs the SW Florida American Heart Association Board. Sonya co-chaired the 2010 Go Red for Women Luncheon, the 2013 Heart Ball, and the 2014 Boots and Boogie Event to benefit Friends of Foster Children. She is also on the Lee Memorial Foundation Board and the BB&T Advisory Council.

Sonya is a member of the American Institute and Florida Institute of CPAs. She has been instrumental in helping Home-Tech to achieve recognition as the Horizon Council’s Industry Appreciation Award recipient in 2009 and Philanthropist of the Year (selected by Gulfshore Life Magazine) in 2010. She has been selected as one of Southwest Florida’s “40 under 40″ by Gulfshore Business Magazine, and was recognized as one of the “2013 Women of the Year” by Gulfshore Life Magazine. She enjoys competitive ballroom dancing and earned the distinction of crowd favorite as a celebrity dancer at the 2010 Red Cross Star Struck event.

Outside of business, Sonya is married to Brian L Sawyer, Detective with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, and the mother of two young children Brandon (9) and Chloe (7).


Declare Your Independence from Appliance Repair Bills!

appliance repairThere’s already way too much to be dependent on this time of year – the air-conditioning in our cars, the fact that beaches and pools exist (thank goodness) — and ice, we’re even dependent on ice during these hot summer months. But this Independence Day means freedom and if you haven’t given yourself the gift of liberating yourself from expensive and not always reliable appliance repair, Fourth of July is the time to self-govern.

Holiday Dynamite

Unfortunately, appliances have no regard for our schedules, much less our holidays. When your refrigerator goes on the fritz, the last thing you want is to sit there, watching your July Fourth potato salad spoil while waiting forever for some repairman to show up. If (heaven forbid) your air conditioning suddenly dies on the hottest holiday weekend of the year and your patriotic make-up melts off your face as you’re waiting on a service call to materialize while friends and family eat hot dogs and frolic at the beach, you won’t be feeling very free.

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Watch the fireworks, light some sparklers, enjoy your barbecue, and declare your independence with one of  Home-Tech’s Service Agreements. The Gold or the Silver plan means not only winning your freedom from costly repairs, it means that if one of your appliances breaks and tries to hold you down – even if it’s a holiday — your Home-Tech technician will be there before you can remember the words to all four verses to the Star Spangled Banner. Check out our testimonials.

Uncle Sam and Home-Tech want you to declare your independence from appliance repair today – call 800-800-8356, ext. 2 — freedom is just a phone call away.